Why participants are asked to tag/name themselves in any lottery?

I agree @Tinkatutu and @SilverHare that numbering is helpful for the reasons stated by both of you. On the other hand, naming isn’t really necessary but seems to be one of those things that continues because that is what everyone does.


I am also grateful for your question, because I always wondered why it has to be like that - but also asked people to name themselves in my lotteries, because I simply thought it has to be like that without understanding why :joy: now after reading all this I think I should have trusted my brain more than I did - hopefully in future I will not ask for the name anymore :grinning:


How many of us here are relieved to know that we weren’t alone in wondering about this? :sweat_smile:


:rofl: i think it’s hilarious that we are all thinking ‘why are we doing this’ but still doing it.

when i hosted my first lottery i was looking for some kind of ‘how to’ topic but there’s only an ‘about the lottery section’ topic. it doesn’t really explain anything though so i just did what everyone was doing. even though tagging yourself is kinda dumb. i figured there must be a great reason behind it.


At the beginning I thought it was so we be able to check if no one entered the lottery twice. But I was wrong so I also stopped asking for tagging yourself. In fact, it made more sense in the old forum.

But I don’t mind when people still do it :blush:. Perhaps some people do not want to write only a number in the comment :wink: or they create an entry the way most lottery hosts want it. I have noticed that some people do not read the descriptions carefully. Perhaps they do not always fully understand them as English is not their first language. And sometimes a host asks for more than a number and username… for example, to pick one of several cards (not “optionally”) and some people don’t do that. That is not a big problem, but it happens. Then I just ask the winner about it or take a random card :blush:.


I found a very relevant video which shows how all of us continue to follow redundant practices.


Even if asked for in certain RRs, I don’t tag myself. However, I do state my number, 'cause in a RR with 50 members, that makes sense. Tagging myself is useless imho. Or is there a valid reason for?


Once or twice, in lotteries with multiple winners, I have seen a host tag all the winners in a comment instead of sending individual PM’s to each of us. In that case, I think tagging ourselves saves them a little time and avoids mistakes. They can just copy&paste, instead of needing to remember how each username is spelled, or even type in the @ signs themselves. So I think in that rare situation it can make some sense, maybe?

As for why most lotteries are done that way :person_shrugging: :person_shrugging: :person_shrugging:

Harder than you might think, actually. Sometimes I post a comment and then a few seconds later, while I’m still looking at the page, someone else’s comment “cuts in line” and appears above mine. Other times, a comment will at first appear below mine, then move to above only if I refresh the page. If someone doesn’t know to watch out for that, they might close the page a second too soon, or not bother to refresh it and re-check.

Or they do initially read it carefully, but then by the time they’re done reading other people’s comments, they forget the details of the host’s original post. I’ve probably done that myself on occasion :face_with_open_eyes_and_hand_over_mouth:


Sometimes when two users anwers at the same time, it’s switching places later. I guess because the other one was a few seconds earlier…

I always check, but sometimes it looks in right order at the moment.

And I also was wondering why tagging in myself, I don’t do it unless the lottery host would ask to do so.


I understand that lag can make it difficult…but I can always see when someone else is replying at the same time as me (their icon pops up ‘replying’) so when that happened, I simply double-checked after I’d responded and reloaded the page…that my number was still correct.

In the end, it was easier to just not ask for numbering on my lotteries, because it never, ever, went smoothly and always ended up a mess with doubles, missing numbers, people trying to correct other people’s numbers etc. :rofl:


Haha, I just checked my RR - the rules only say that you have to write your number.
Nevertheless, most participants also write their own name - me too, simply out of habit, because I did that in the old forum for 8 years.
And the new users are following the old ones.
As someone already wrote, it made sense in the old forum because the name was not above the post but on the left side.
But from now on I will try to post only my number :wink:

But maybe someone can give a good reason why you tag yourself with @name.
Because I would like to understand that very much.
Maybe there is a very sensible reason that I haven’t figured out yet that would make me tag myself as well.


I understand the part of numbering and adding the name, as in a lottery you need to separate the official entry from other comments/answers that same user may write at that lottery. I though @name was to make easier for the host to communicate with the winner… :raising_hand_woman:t2: One more that went with the flow :sweat_smile:


I saw that video and also one about bees (they needed to insert a small ball in a target to get a drop of honey) and another with monkeys (ladder, bananas, water)… Always the same principle. Very interesting. As you’re watching the video you’re saying (in your mind) not me, I wouldn’t…then you arrive here and discover that you’ve been tagging yourself @name as everyone else without a proper reason :raising_hand_woman:t2::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
I love science!


:rofl: :rofl: Amazing!!


Great topic, I’ve always wondered about this, too! :joy: But there must still be a bit of a rebel left inside me because when I noticed that tagging myself didn’t serve any purpose I stopped doing it and just wrote my username without the @ when asked for naming myself. Same with the numbers, I stopped asking for them in my own lotteries quite a while ago. When it comes to picking the winner and postbot or random.org or whatever draw a post that is only a comment by someone or myself, then I simply repeat the draw.

If I paticipate in a lottery and am asked to name and number myself I still do it - their lottery, their rules, but I don’t ask for it in my own lotteries and they all work fine. The funny thing is that even if I don’t explicitely ask for numbers people will still do it out of habit! :smile:

:green_heart: :fox_face:


Yes, this has happened to me a few times. You do have to check carefully after commenting.


Yes, that’s right.

However, in this Topic we don’t talk about numbering, but about writing the own name and tagging oneself.


It actually takes the same amount of effort to simply copy a user’s name from the top of their post as it automatically appears. I don’t think typing @ is a huge hardship. :wink:


Not huge, no :rofl:

But depending on the computer (and the person using it) it can be hard to get the courser in the exact right spot, and not accidentally delete a letter, put the @ between the first and second letter, or leave a space.

It’s also a bit tricky copying the name at the top of the post when it’s a clickable link sandwiched between two others - the photo and the flag - and the courser has to start in the very narrow space between them for it to work.

Then, too, if the host is trying to post the name and number they have to copy and paste two separate things for each winner, rather than grabbing both in one go.

It may seem trivial to you or I, but I think if someone is giving away free cards it’s not unreasonable to follow their instructions in order to make it even a little easier for them.

For all we know a given host could be an elderly person working on a touch screen they’re unfamiliar with, or someone with impaired mobility in their hands, et cetera.

TL;DR - While I agree it’s silly that the @name has become standard, some hosts might have reasons for wanting it included, and I think it’s only polite to oblige :slightly_smiling_face:


I really do think that, like the others have said, that it is a carry over from the old forum.

I am just not buying that it’s so difficult for people to either press down on a name and click copy or to type it out. We are talking about one single winner typically.

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